Do You Have a “Complete” Look?

When most people shop for a new garment, they often only focus on the one item and don’t see the garment as part of a complete look. It is true that when you wear a garment, particularly one that is well-fitted and made of high-quality materials, you will be noticed. But if you were to wear that garment and have appropriate accessories, like undergarments, shoes, jewellery, hats, handbags, and hair ornaments, you would become a show-stopper. Why? The reason is that the whole look becomes complementary to you, and the garment becomes one of the many details that elevate the look from good to fabulous.

If you ever looked at fashion sketches, the really good ones show a model wearing accessories that harmonize and accent the look of the garment. The high-end pattern company Marfy in Italy showcases their pattern styles in some of the best sketches that I have ever seen. Every detail, whether it is jewellery, hair styles, handbags, or shoes, is well thought out and is beautifully depicted in their sketches.

When considering accessories, it would be unthinkable to wear cheap junk-looking shoes with a custom-made garment. It would be just as unthinkable to wear a couture garment and carry a cheap ugly-looking handbag. It is often a mistake to think that you need to have lots and lots of accessories to go with all your garments. This is simply not true. What is required is that you are very discriminating about what you purchase, making sure that the item is of high quality and that it complements your personal colours, style, and proportions. Once you have a few of these items, it is easy to mix and match the accessories with the appropriate garment.

Unfortunately, the looks portrayed for ready-to-wear garments are focussed on selling you a cheap garment, rather than a complete look. Furthermore, it seems that almost everyone you see wears the same cheap garments. So if you buy into the cheap ready-to-wear look, you can hardly say that your look is uniquely you or well harmonized.

We will talk about accessories in more detail in our next posts.

[Accessories] are so important to the well-dressed woman. The less you can afford for your frocks, the more care you must take with your accessories. … Don’t buy much but make sure that what you buy is good.

Christian Dior